RED DAWN AND PEEno15
I don’t know why but I kept forgetting to get around to watching the new version of Red Dawn ( RDv2012 ). But yesterday something clicked, two stray brain cells against impossible odds joined together and I rented the DVD from Red Box ( I love NetFlix but don’t have the inclination to mess with the reservations and finding time or enthusiasm for weekly viewing, fighting with the wife over what to watch, etc. BC, Before Children, I used to watch video’s almost daily, making up for a traumatic childhood of three channel broadcast TV on a black and white set. Since there hasn’t been a whole lot worthy released the last ten years I’m usually okay if I ignore the new choices for six months at a time ). I’m not as disappointed as a lot of folks seem to be, but I’m not inclined to rate it top notch or to ever watch it again. RD I watched many, many times. I’d say one of my most watched, even more than Star Wars, Terminator or Animal House. RD2012 was well worth watching once. It certainly didn’t embarrass itself, but it didn’t distinguish itself either. In the end, just another shoot-em up with more action and special effects than story ( although, it made more of an effort than a lot of recent films ). What I really liked about it was that it didn’t just copy the original but recast all the major themes, doing its own thing without forgetting its roots.
PREPPER EMERGENCY ESSENTIALS
If you are one of The Chosen Ones, having family with land or good friends with property, you don’t have to worry about owning your own lot of land. You can continue to enrich a landlord or enable the bankers by carrying a mortgage. There is a certain freedom in being able to move from an area that starts to suck. But most of us are not in that position. Most of us rent, being drawn to a location for no reason other than we can find work. And house ownership is certainly not the treasure it once was. For the longest time a house was your sole inflation fighter. Now it is the fastest way into a pair of golden handcuffs ( actually, nowadays it is more like an S&M bondage suit, the leather with zipper over the mouth, your dominatrix more than happy to lay on the whip at the slightest provocation. “Submit, scum!” ). It really shouldn’t have come as any surprise. As soon as the proletariat figures out an escape to their bondage, a workaround to their exploitation, those enriching themselves off the labors of others close the loophole ( not too long after the lower classes started earning a living wage after the last Black Plague decimated population and supply and demand kicked in, machinery replaced them ). Owning a home is fine and dandy, the problem is that the banker asswhores have closed most loopholes through their meat puppets the local government using zoning and taxes, and most folks can’t do anything other than assume a thirty year mortgage. The banks present as an alternative a twenty year note. Gee, thanks.
The bankers still own you ( they have also pretty much closed the food self-sufficiency loophole ), but if you don’t owe them your chains are a heck of a lot lighter. And that is in the good times. Come the bad times ( like, duh!, now ), owing the bankers can be a death sentence. The easiest way, although certainly not the most luxurious or desired method, is to buy yourself a lot of land that is either cash up front or very low payments for a very short period of time. This is usually “junk land”, because there is always a reason it is sold affordably. It is usually off grid, or in a zone without jobs, or such high taxes no one wants the bitch. I love junk land lots, and own four of them ( it used to be seven, but since I couldn’t live on them all I sold some off ). My only criteria is that there is a road to it, and somewhere close is surface water ( of course, I ended up settling on the one closest to a job ). I prefer buying on E-Bay. You are always taking a slight chance of fraud, but you do that when you walk into a retailer anyway ( Payless Shoes is now selling crap that doesn’t last a month. For more money ). I’ve only heard of problems once, when Utah land was being illegally subdivided ( DON’T buy land in Utah if you are poor. Those chicken choking monkey molesting twats are trying to force all off-gridders into expensive improvements ).
E-Bay sellers finance their own land. You don’t need good credit. You can buy outright, pre-pay without penalty or make payments. I’m talking like $50 a month in some cases. Move there, pay the minimum, pay it off the next tax return. Easy. And then the magical day when you owe no one and never see another landlord again. Put aside some silver coins ( to protect against inflation ) as a decade or two worth of tax payments so you don’t have to worry about losing your paid for land to the county ( of course, they can always just jack up the rate, so plan on that ). This is one of the easiest ways to make yourself as independent of the money economy as possible. And it only cost two or three grand. Sure, it ain’t where you’d prefer to live. Tough crap. Life is a crap sandwich ( or soon enough will be ). It is your choice how much crap you want to eat in the future. Rely on the good graces of a banker or your boss at a high paying job, and it will be all crap and no bread.
As a final note, beware of zoning screwing you ( some places like New Mexico seem harsh on trailers or “alternate” housing. Texas has almost no restrictions outside city limits ). Paid for land is worthless if you need to pay a hundred grand for a conventional house. The whole point is to live on the fringes of the economy, not in the middle of it.
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